Workshops on civic education and public participation in the Constitutional Review Process

May 2016Civic education and public participation in the CRP workshop

In line with its support to state institutions and non-governmental bodies involved in the constitutional review process, EISA conducted 2 rounds of trainings on the constitutional civic education and public outreach from 14 to 19 May 2016 in Mogadishu.

The aim of these trainings was to instill a deeper understanding of the concept of constitutional civic education and the importance of fostering stronger collaborations between government and CSOs in order to produce an inclusive civic education and public outreach programme.

The first round of training was held from 14 to 16 May 2016 and brought together representatives of the state institutions in charge of constitutional review process. The workshop counted 36 participants coming from the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), the Independent Commission of Constitutional Review (ICRIC) and the parliamentarian constitution oversee committee (OC). Six (6) modules were discussed with focus on comprehensive definition of generic concepts such as State and Nation, practical methods on designing a civic education programme, reaching the broader public for inclusion of marginalized and disadvantaged groups, and using social marketing tools focusing on people centered approach.

Civic education and public participation in the CRP workshop

The workshop offered an opportunity to MoCA, ICRIC and OC to explore ways of effective fulfilment of their mandate and collaboration with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for a more comprehensive constitutional civic education dissemination.

The second round of training was held from 17-19 May 2016, bringing together 50 representatives of CSOs, including groups of women, youth and persons living with disability. Somalia has a vibrant and strong civil society that has been a significant social, economic, and political alternative in the absence of governance system in the country during more than 20 years of instability. As Somalia is now engaged in a reconstruction and stabilization process, the participation of Civil Society Organisations is of high importance since their contribution in the ongoing constitutional review process is not only key for success, but critical to an inclusive implementation for a Somali led and owned process.

The objective of the session was to build their operational capacity on civic education and public outreach activities and enhance their participation in the coming national outreach campaign. The 3-day work and discussion covered technical issues such as how to design a civic education program, mechanism of engagement between CSOs and the population, mechanism of engagement between CSOs and the Ministry, and identifying communication and feedbacks channels.

Civic education and public participation in the CRP workshop

All participants were awarded a certificate of completion in recognition of their constructive participation to training sessions.

These workshops were the second part of EISA`s support to the civic education and public outreach programme of the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs. The first part dealt with the support to the MoCA in launching their constitutional civic education programme on 24-25 April 2016 in Mogadishu. The launch brought together more than 100 representatives of CSOs from all the regions across Somalia.


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